Iridium 9555 satellite phone or Sat Phone is a compact, lightweight and simple to use right out of the box. It’s connected to the Iridium - newest and only truly global mobile satellite network, so you can depend on it as a communications lifeline whenever and wherever it’s called for.
If you never used an Iridium satellite phone, you are for a bit of a surprise. They are bigger and more retro looking then slick smartphones of today with no games or camera, but they do exactly what they were originally made for – making phone calls from places where other phones can’t.
Important: Since satellite phones communicate directly with a satellite they do use complicated technology, therefore, there are some things you should know before buying Iridium phone.
- Satellite Phones only work outside. Don’t pay attention to Brad Pitt and the zombies. To make a satellite call, you should go outside or use an external antenna. Satellite Phones are not meant to work inside, but occasionally they do. This happens when the Sat Phone antenna is in the view of the satellite through the window or if you are in one story house or a tent. You will eventually drop this call.
- Satellite Phones are bigger. Sat Phones don’t fit in your shirt pocket, they are bigger and heavier than an iPhone, thus you should not bring your satellite phone to the movies, people will think you are weird.
- Occasionally dropped calls. Iridium satellites are moving with whopping 27 000 mph. No, you don’t have to run that fast to make a call, but occasional dropped calls are ok if you are not in the open field
- Pricey calls. While there are rumors that Satellite Calls are expensive, we recommend checking out our Prepaid or Postpaid plans. All calls are charged in 20-second increments and with an awesome Sat Phone management portal will help you get a grip on your spending.
- Metallic voice Metallic voice is a feature of a satellite phone. This happens when voice is compressed into digital packets and sent into space and down to earth.
- Restricted Use. Don’t buy an Iridium Sat Phone if you plan to go to India. You will get arrested. India has strict rules on the use of satellite phones. Please respect their laws. Do your research online regarding the use of Iridium Satellite Phones in the country you are headed to.